THE International Boxing Federation have stated “mystery man”
Mustafa Ameen had no business being involved at ringside during Amir Khan’s controversial defeat by Lamont Peterson last month.
Khan lost his IBF and WBA light-welterweight titles in a disputed split decision loss against local man Peterson in Washington on December 10.
The Bolton fighter has since called into question various issues from the night, ranging from Joe Cooper’s deduction of two points from him to the judging of the fight and inconsistencies with the scorecards.
Khan’s latest complaint last week was the presence of the thenunidentified Ameen at ringside, where he is seen interacting with WBA supervisor Michael Welsh and allegedly handling scorecards.
Ameen was then identified by Khan’s promoter, Richard Schaefer, who also said Ameen was involved with the IBF. The governing body have explained in a statement that Ameen is not an employee or official of theirs, though he does voluntary work with their programme for retired fighters and will attend their January 18 hearing.
A statement issued by the organisation’s publicist Jeannette Salazar read: “Mr Mustafa Ameen does outreach work for the IBF’s SARB/Education Fund. Mr Ameen’s role with the organization is limited to just this.
“Mr Ameen was not assigned by the IBF to officiate this bout.
Despite all that has transpired, at this point the IBF has not changed its stance and plans on moving forth with the hearing as scheduled on Wednesday, January 18.”